Culture & Language

The Myth of Cabarete’s Discovery

https://youtu.be/BWeFHddWL1Y CABARETE TIMELINE PRE-1492: Four thousand years before European contact, the Taíno people come up from the Orinoco and sail into the Caribbean Sea. They inhabit the island and split it into five chiefdoms. Maguá is the Chiefdom in which Cabarete is located. 1492: The arrival of the Spanish sparks indigenous resistance. Within years the Taíno population is …

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DOMINICANISMOS: Words That Don’t Mean What You Think

Today we’re going to talk about dominicanismos or the words, expressions, and phrases that are common and unique to Spanish spoken in the Dominican Republic. Like any language, Spanish is subject to regional peculiarities, in the Dominican Republic we’ve adopted Taíno (indigenous) and African words and we’ve also repurposed Spanish words in some pretty interesting …

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vegetarian dominican food recipe

RECIPE: Vegetarian Pastelón de Plátano Maduro

YIELD: Serves 6 | ACTIVE TIME: 40 minutes | INACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes | DISH TYPE: Vegetarian In Dominican culture whenever anyone drops in during a mealtime we say ¡a buen tiempo! (meaning the person has arrived just in time), we serve an extra plate, and invite them to join us. Food is a family/community affair. Dominican food is traditionally meat heavy. Personally I love …

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